When it came time to pick a high chair (like with any big ticket purchase), I didn’t know where to start. I looked at reviews to try to figure out what was important to other parents and tried to piece together the features that mattered most …allll while adhering to an aesthetic that I wouldn’t hate looking at every day.
My research led me to the Joovy Nook High Chair. It had a removable, dishwasher-safe tray, seemed like it was pretty simple to clean and came with an adjustable 3 or 5 point seatbelt harness. At $85.00, it was a no-brainer. We bought it with a 20% off Bed Bath & Beyond coupon and called it a day. It worked great! Teeny Marlo needed some extra support (rolled up towels) for a few weeks but once she was strong enough she was down to a 3-point seatbelt.
As she grew, her meals became more hands-on and her knee’s began to bend over the edge of the seat, we noticed that she was becoming more fidgety while she ate (still, to date, she can’t reach the footrest on the Joovy high chair). She would try to cross her legs but was mostly kicking, rocking, and leaning over the side of the chair. Dinnertime became more and more a chore. After some more research, I found that a reclined back rest and no proper footrest, baby’s don’t have the support they need to focus on the task at hand: eating their meal. All of their energy and attention span is spent trying to get comfortable and keep upright.
Think of it this way: you go to a restaurant and opt to sit at the bar. You search for a foot rest or a cross beam under your chair to stabilize your legs but without any luck, they are forced to just…dangle. Luckily, you have a back rest but it puts you at a gentle recline. How many of you eat while reclined back with your feet dangling? Babies are asked to engage their core, maintaining an uncomfortable balance while trying to learn dexterity. With their feet planted and no required effort to sit upright, they are able to focus on the task at hand: learning to eat!
I went back to the drawing boards (including following @feedinglittles on IG which I recommend!) and landed on the Abiee Beyond Wooden High Chair.
Offering all three features that I named above, this high chair also comes with a smaller footprint and it slides in perfectly at our dining room table, blending with the other chairs. You can see the multiple notches in the legs, allowing me to customize based on Marlo’s height. And you’ll never guess the first thing she did when we sat her in it:
She rested her unusually tan feet on the footrest, pushing her butt back, allowing an effortless upright sitting position.
I have to admit, the Joovy offers a little more surrounding support for those babies just starting out. So I have it neatly folded up and stored away until Baby#2 is ready for solids. Also, the fact that folds down so nicely has been an unexpected perk!
As Marlo continue’s to grow, the Abiee high chair will continue to evolve into a normal chair, allowing her to learn table manners, food etiquette, and just be a part of every meal! Win win win.